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Thursday, August 1, 2019

Engineers of Sindh press for demands


By Abdul Qadir Qureshi
(Pakistan News & Features Services)

After having done it in Baluchistan, the engineers of Sindh also took to streets when, led by the Chairman of the Pakistan Engineering Council (PEC), Javed Salim Qureshi, stageda protest demonstration outside Karachi Press Club (KPC) for the attainment of their long standing demands. 

Addressing on the occasion, the PEC Chairman affirmed that the council will continue to strive for the attainments of demands for engineers which are being pursued for a long time. 

Javed Qureshi urged the authorities to order for the release of payment of technical allowance to engineers as being practiced in Khyber Pakhtoonkhawa, Punjab and Azad Kashmir. 

He said that the government should forthwith remove non-engineers from the slots of engineering professional seats and they should be replaced with qualified engineers.

The PEC Chairman demanded that all vacant engineers’ seats be forthwith filled engineers in the province of Sindh. 

He was of the opinion that only engineers can take the country to path of prosperity if they were given their due role in policy making with their induction into grades 21 and 22. 

The demonstration was largely attended by the PEC member engineers and addressed besides the PEC Chairman, also by Mohammed Shafiq, Vice-Chairman PEC (Sindh).

Saturday, May 4, 2019

ZAB E-Fest 2019 unfolds creativity, innovation


By Abdul Qadir Qureshi
(Pakistan News & Features Services)

ZAB E-Fest 2019, an annual inter-university engineering competition, organized jointly by the faculties of computer sciences and mechatronics engineering of Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto Institute of Science and Technology (SZABIST), Karachi, was inaugurated by Engr Muhammed Shafique, Vice-Chairman (Sindh), Pakistan Engineering Council (PEC).

Speaking on the occasion, Engr Shafique appreciated that students from different universities from all over Karachi who were participating in this project competition. 

“In this modern age of technology advancement, challenges for engineering education were growing at the same pace,” the chief guest pointed out and added that the students needed to equip themselves with the latest and up-to-date technological knowledge, skills and hands on experience. 

He said it was inspiring for the students that their projects will be evaluated by the industry and academic professionals.

According to him bridging the gap between industry and academia was the need of the present time as both segments desired to fill the gap by exchanging the ideas and experience among each other. 

He hoped that the projects displayed in this event will be very eye-catching for the people either to solve their problems or to improve their systems 

He appreciated the efforts of SZABIST in providing superior and high quality education to the students with more progressive, state of the art and value added methods. 

Earlier, Dr Altaf Mukati, Vice-President Academics presented the welcome address and highlighting the objectives of ZAB E-Fest 2019 project exhibition.

On the occasion, Shahnaz Wazir Ali, President, SZABIST presented souvenir to chief guest, Engr Muhammed Shafique. 

Among others, the event was attended by Prof Dr Imran Amin, head of computer science department, members of the faculty and a large number of students. 

ZAB E-Fest has been launched with the cherished goals to inspire, motivate and produce a change. It endeavors to provide a platform for the youth to showcase their talents and skills in fierce competitions, displaying cutting edge technology and presenting it deliberately from all over.

With an aim to reach the goal of an ideal world and to provide know how and innovation of technology to everyone, each year the organizers take up initiatives that inspire dedicated and hardworking participant from all ages and walks of life, to come together and put their idea into reality.

Monday, April 29, 2019

Bahria University host exhibition


By Abdul Qadir Qureshi
(Pakistan News & Features Services)

The Bahria University, Karachi, organized an All Karachi Inter-University Open House Exhibition. 

The exhibition was inaugurated by Engr Muhammed Shafique, Vice Chairman Sindh, Pakistan Engineering Council (PEC), in a graceful ceremony. 

In his speech, Engr Shafique appreciated the objectives behind the concept of exhibition and opined that such open houses should also be organized by other public and private sector universities. He was of the view that such events greatly help the students to make their mind for future career.

He said that as a member of the PEC, he will extend all his support for holding such events which may prove a source of guidance for students. 

Engr Shafique appreciated the Bahria Univerrsity for making efforts in successfully holding the exhibition and hoped it will go a long way in providing beneficial guidance to its students. 

The exhibition was largely attended by students, faculty members from different engineering universities who evince keen interest in the exhibits on display.

Thursday, April 25, 2019

ACEP secretariat established in Karachi


By Abdul Qadir Qureshi
(Pakistan News & Features Services)

The first-ever secretariat of the Association of Consulting Engineers Pakistan (ACEP) was inaugurated by Engr Jawaid Salim Qureshi, Chairman, Pakistan Engineering Council (PEC) while Advisor to Sindh Chief Minister, Engr Ashfaq Memon, and Engr Najeeb Haroon, MNA, were the guests of honour on the occasion.

The objective behind the establishment of the ACEP in Karachi was to highlight the role of this body of consulting engineers in national development. 

Speaking on the occasion, Engr Javed congratulated the ACEP for having established its own secretariat to help coordinate its activities on national level. 

He held out his firm assurance to engineers to protect their due rights besides other related matters like sales tax, foreign consultancy, positioning of non-engineers on engineer's posts and status of diploma engineers. 

The PEC Chairman informed about the changes he had initiated during his tenure and how the Council had been transformed into a vibrant, friendly and one-window operation service for engineers. 

He declared that the PEC planned to start an engineers’ bank for the welfare of engineering fraternity. Engr Ashfaq also commended the ACEP and committed his full support for resolving the issues of consultant engineers with the Sindh government. 

Engr Najeeb Haroon, MNA, advised all the consultants to come forward, sit together to work for the betterment of engineers’ community. 

Earlier Engr Siddiq Essa welcomed the guests and presented a brief on the history of the ACEP while Engr Ch Ghulam Hussain, ex-President ACEP, highlighted the role of the body in national development. 

On the occasion, Engr Khalid Pervez briefed about upcoming the ACEP Conference and CPD programmes.

Friday, June 12, 2015

PEC elections on June 14

By Abdul Qadir Qureshi
(Pakistan News & Features Services)

The candidate for the post of Senior Vice President (SVP) of the Pakistan Engineering Council (PEC), Engr Inam Ahmed Osmani, and Engr Jamshed Rizvi, in a joint press conference, complained that the election rules were being violated and the polling stations were being set up in far flung areas of Karachi in order to devoid voters casting their votes. They demanded the polling stations to be set up in North Nazimabad, Federal B Area, PECHS and Burns Road in Karachi.
The governing body elections of the PEC are scheduled to be held on June 14 on all Pakistan basis to elect 46 members including Chairman and Senior Vice Chairman through right of franchise by 180,000 registered voters. 86,127 registered voters are in Punjab, 66,774 in Sindh, 24,751 in Khyber Pakhtoonkhawa and 4,921 in Baluchistan who could cast votes to elect candidates. 
Engr Osmani and Engr Rizvi remarked that the governing body of the PEC has taken the decision to set up one polling station for 1,000 voters and one polling booth for 200 to 250 voters and the location of polling station would be set up in easy approach. 
They regretted that instead the present administration of PEC has set up ten polling stations in Karachi to deprive voters of their right of fanchise. They revealed that the PEC administration has set up three polling stations for 4% voters in District Malir, four polling stations for 10% voters in District South, only one polling station for 47% voters in District Central, just one polling station for 28% voters of District East and one polling station for 5% voters of District West, while not a single polling station was set up in District Korangi. 
They alleged that the administration had intentionally selected polling station sites at far and difficult to reach places. They said that some candidates and voters met with the members of election committee PEC and acquainted the issue but all in vain. They demanded Minister of Science and Technology and Election Committee PEC to set up polling stations at North Nazimabad, Federal B Area, Burns Road according to number of voters. 
Engr Osmani and Engr Rizvi said that the election was being held under the biometric system, which was pleasing on one hand but it may also cause delay as under the procedure one voter would consume 4 to 5 minutes for casting vote. 
They contended that under this condition approximately not more than 120 votes would be cast in ten hours and more than 80% voters would be deprived of their right to vote under the plan of administration of PEC. They said that the governing body elected in 2011 was scheduled to expire on December 31, 2014 but it unilaterally extended period by one year, which was illegal and contravening the rules of the PEC. 
They added that under the constitution of the PEC only those engineers are entitled to cast vote those were registered by June 30 of the election year but the governing body on its own changed the registration date to May 14 and decided to hold election on June 14, instead of June 30. 
They said that on the other hand less polling were set up all over Pakistan and in Lahore alone 5 polling stations are set up for 17,900 voters, two polling station in Multan for 3,100 voters, three polling stations in Peshawar for 5,238 voters, three polling stations in Islamabad for 8,790 voters and just three polling stations for 7,930 voters of Rawalpindi. They felt that the election committee PEC was striving to prevent voters from casting their votes.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Foundation stone of PEC branch office building laid in Karachi

By Abdul Qadir Qureshi
(Pakistan News & Features Services)

The Chairman of the Pakistan Engineering Council (PEC), Engr Syed Abdul Qadir Shah, laid the foundation stone of new building of PEC Branch Office in Karachi.
After laying the foundation, he also addressed a gathering at the site situated near Clifton. He said that the number of registered engineers and constructors in Karachi was more than any other city of Pakistan and the infrastructure/facilities needed to be developed to facilitate the large number of engineers residing in the commercial hub of Pakistan.
The PEC Chairman said that strengthening of branch office will not only benefit the people of Karachi but will also help in facilitating the engineering community of neighboring regions of Karachi.
Engr Abdul Qadir Shah reiterated that the primary mandate of the PEC was to regulate the engineering qualification and work for the betterment of registered and professional engineers.
He expressed the hope that the new building will become a second home for engineers. He also remarked that the PEC would continue to serve the nation as per the high standards set in its objectives and will play its due role in the development of the Country.
Engr I A Osmani, Senior Vice Chairman, Engr Mukhtar Shaikh, Vice Chairman (Sindh), Engr. Khadim Hussain Bhatti, Registrar of PEC, Engr G R Bhatti, Advisor PEC Karachi ,and other prominent engineers from different organizations of public and private sector were also present on the occasion.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Service structure for engineers soon: Chairman PEC


By Abdul Qadir Qureshi
(Pakistan News & Features Services)

The Chairman, Pakistan Engineering Council (PEC), Syed Abdul Qadir Shah, has assured the engineers to receive good news about their service structure with time scale promotions very soon.

Addressing a big gathering of engineers from across Pakistan at a dinner hosted by the PEC at Hotel Beach Luxury on October, he recalled PEC’s suggestion in this regard was agreed to by the then Prime Minister, Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani, and now it has to go through lengthy bureaucratic process for implementation and the Council was on it.

He pointed out that there are about 20,000 engineers in federal/provincial departments and autonomous bodies but they did not possess any service structure nor were given automatic time scale promotions.

Referring to PEC’s achievements, Qadir Shah informed the audience that the Council has been awarded provisional membership of Washington Accord, Engineering Mobility Forum (EMF) and is also collaborators of Institution of Engineers Malaysia (IEM) and Singapore (IES), Board of Engineers Malaysia (BEM), Jaban Accreditation Board of Engineering Education (JA BEE) and other such prestigious Forums.

He disclosed that, in recognition of its efforts, the mega event of 5th World Engineering Congress (KIEC) will be held in Islamabad in March 2013 with an expected participation of over 500 eminent engineers and scientists from all over the world.

Pointing out that over the years there has been a communication gap between the PEC and the engineering community of the country he assured that the present Governing Body can dispel this impression through concerted actions.

“We will try that the actions and initiatives taken by the PEC are shared regularly and effectively with the engineer’s community while a system was also in place to get their feedback,” he stated.

He said one of the reason for the pitiful conditions of engineers’ community in Pakistan was lack of opportunities and to overcome this shortcoming, the PEC has decided to promote culture of  socialization and at least one social gathering will take place in each major city in a year.

Khurshid Shah asks engineers to make Pakistan a true nuclear power

By Abdul Qadir Qureshi
(Pakistan News & Features Services)

The Federal Minister for Religious Affairs, Syed Khurshid Ahmed Shah, has called upon the engineers to use their vision and expertise for further development of Pakistan to bring it at par with the developed nations of the world and for this purpose the government’s political support will be available to them.

He was speaking as the chief guest at a dinner hosted by the Pakistan Engineering Council (PEC) at Hotel Beach Luxury, Karachi, on October 5. Over a thousand engineers belonging to various disciplines from all over the country attended the dinner along with PEC’s Vice Chairmen from Sindh, Punjab, Baluchistan and Khyber Pakhtoonkhawa.

The Federal Minister credited the engineers and scientists for having made Pakistan a nuclear power.

“People are the fountain head of real power but the engineers are the real backbone of the country”, Khurshid Shah remarked while making a special mention of Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan for his contribution in transforming Pakistan into a nuclear state.

“Our engineers have the vision and the capability to take the country to another level. We will continue to march forward if they utilize their energies in a more productive manner,” he emphasized.

He pointed out that currently Pakistan was facing many pressing issues with the energy being on top of the list.

“If our engineers can construct Chashma Nuclear and Taunsa Barrage projects with better planning, they can surmount this issue as well. I am confident that the engineering community can lead the turnaround,” Khurshid Shah believed.

He said that Pakistan cannot afford to spend 60 billion rupees every month just to import furnace oil for producing 6-7 thousand MW of electricity.

He recalled that the country started establishing furnace oil based power units in 1978 only because of its being the cheapest fuel at that time, without planning for the future prospects and the result was that as against a 60 paisa per unit production cost at that time, electricity was being generated today at Rs 21 per unit.

The Federal Minister observed that if the country does not buy furnace oil, it plunges into darkness and of makes such a massive spending, the national kitty goes empty.

He advised the engineers to work on wind, solar and other modes of power generation with emphasis on effective utilization of Thar Coal which is bound to bring a revolution in the country’s economy as the government has decided to have all power generation projects in future to be  coal based.

“It would cost Rs 200 billion if coal is imported to produce 20,000 MW of electricity but if indigenous coal is used and power generation costs Rs 8 per unit, this tariff will remain the same even after 10 yeas. The present government’s strategy is to use our own coal reserves which are one of the largest in the world and this would provide such a big boost to our economy that by 2015, the dollar can come to the Rs 60 level,” he thought.

Stressing upon the engineers to work on solar energy, he pointed out that if the foreign engineers can manufacture cheaper solar panels then why not ours could do the same by mobilizing their talents and energies.

“If there is a will, there is a way. We have to build the future of Pakistan with your vision and our political will. Together we will make a stronger and more resourceful Pakistan,” he hoped.

Khurshid Shah said that despite various ups and downs and the heavy odds being faced by the present government, it was meeting the challenge with all patience and tolerance as it believes that the country cannot sustain conflicts between institutions.

“Instead of indulging in conflicts, the country should have gone towards a direction where Pakistan would have been a power nation and it believes that instead of political in fight, the country should move towards socio-economic programmes with emphasis on health and education,” he stated.

He paid tributes to President Asif Ali Zardari who, he said, did not maintain his “qibla” on one direction but if he went to US and UK, he also went to China and Russia and is the first leader to promote economic ties with India.

He reckoned that the government could be criticized unjustly but the fact is that revenue collection during its rule jumped from Rs 900 billion to Rs 1900 billion and it is the first government to return 1.2 billion dollars against the loan obtained from World Bank.

Similarly, he said, the foreign remittances increased from 5.2 billion to 13 billion dollars because of their efforts which resulted in the increase of work force abroad from 2.5 lacs to 4 lacs.

The Federal Minister said that despite the resource constrains, the present government spent billions on Swat migration, 2010 floods and 2011 rains having distributed the amount to the people in a transparent way.

Friday, September 14, 2012

PEC postpones its dinner in mourning of Karachi tragedy


By Abdul Qadir Qureshi

The Pakistan Engineering Council (PEC) has expressed profound grief and sorrow over the massive destruction caused by inferno at the garment factory resulting in a major loss of human lives.

The PEC Chairman, Syed Abdul Qadir Shah, stated that the heart of every Pakistani was bleeding and every eye was full of tears over this tragedy.

He remarked that no amount of money can compensate for lives lost and neither the dear and near ones could come back.

“But it is high time for every Pakistani to pray to Allah to rest the departed souls in eternal peace and grant fortitude to bereaved families to bear the irreparable loss. The PEC fully stands by the grieved families on this gruesome occasion,” Abdul Qadir Shah observed.

He said that for the future the engineering aspects of all such premises should be thoroughly scrutinized and no industrial unit, not fulfilling the engineering requirements, should be permitted to establish itself.

He announced the postponement of PEC's annual dinner which was due to be held on September 14 at the Beach Luxury Hotel in Karachi.

Meanwhile the death toll from a garment factory at Karachi's Hub River Road rose to 289, many of whom perished because they were unable to escape building that lacked emergency exits and basic safety equipment such as alarms and sprinklers.
The deadly blaze, having erupted on the night of September 11, was one of the worst industrial accidents in Pakistan's 65-year history.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

PEC Chairman destermined to resolve problems of engineers

By Abdul Qadir Qureshi

The Chairman of the Pakistan Engineering Council (PEC), Syed Abdul Qadir Shah, has assured that he will leave no stone unturned in resolving the issues confronting the consulting engineers of the country.

He held out the assurance while speaking as the chief guest at a reception hosted to felicitate Maulana Arif Kassim and Ahsan Azhar Siddiqi, on their election as Secretary and President of Consulting Engineering Association of Pakistan (CEAP) respectively.

“The PEC, within its jurisdiction, will extend total support in resolving the problems of consulting engineers,” Abdul Qadir Shah told the gathering.

He particularly referred to the enrollment of the CEAP members with the PEC and announced that leaving the choice with the President and Secretary CEAP, either of them would be taken on PEC’s Enrollment Committee so that no problem is faced by their members in getting PEC’s enrollment.

He recalled that recently the PEC had invited Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani to its dinner function in which the Prime Minister accepted their demands including matters related to service structure of engineers and appointment of engineers as heads of engineering sections of their respective departments.

Referring to the issues raised by eminent consulting engineers, the Chairman PEC directed that the same should be submitted to him in writing and reiterated the assurance that PEC would solve them.

Abdul Qadir Shah informed the audience that a Help Desk has been set up at the PEC and the Council would publicize the vacancies of engineers wherever it will come to know about their availability.

He said that the PEC has asked the Consultants to appoint engineers in their respective organizations, addng that this would greatly helpful in overcoming unemployment among engineers.

Earlier in his speech, the CEAP Secretary, Arif Kassim, called for greater unity among consulting engineers and said only a strong coordination between them would help resolve their problems.

He urged the CEAP members to work dedicatedly for promoting the cause of the association. He also highlighted various problems faced by consulting engineers, particularly their enrolment with the PEC and demanded that consulting engineers be given representation in its various committees.

The CEAP President, Ahsan Siddiqi, remarked that their Association has enlisted the problems faced by its members and has taken initiatives to resolve them.

Earlier Mohammed Shafiq, an eminent consulting engineer, delivered the welcome address and expressed the hope that as the chief of the engineer’s epoch body, he will be able to resolve the issues faced by consulting engineers.

The outgoing President of the Association also spoke on the occasion and highlighted various problems faced by Consulting Engineers.

Besides a large number of consulting engineers from various engineering disciplines, the reception was also attended by Vice-Chairman, PEC, Mukhtar Shaikh, DG Railway’s Walton Training Institute, Qureshi, and a former civil servant, Ashfaq Memon.